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US pending home sales drop to a record low, even worse than during the financial crisis

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Pending home sales, a measure of signed contracts on existing homes, dropped 1.5% in October from September.

They hit the lowest level since the National Association of Realtors began tracking this metric in 2001, meaning it's even worse than readings during the financial crisis more than a decade ago. Sales were down 8.5% from October of last year.

Because the index measures signed contracts, it is the most recent indicator of housing demand. It reflects the buyers who were out shopping in October, which was when the popular 30-year fixed mortgage rate briefly shot higher than 8%.

Comment: It's one data point but so many others also reveal that some economies are even worse off than they were during the global financial crash. However, evidently, because those rigging the zombie markets don't want the system to collapse, just yet, it continues to stagger on:


'I'd like to see them shot in the head': Councillor's hard line on Dublin riots

Cllr Abul Kalam Azad Talukder, Fianna Fáil.
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Cllr Abul Kalam Azad Talukder, Fianna Fáil.
Fianna Fáil councillor Azad Talukder was asked to withdraw comments at a council meeting this week after saying that he would like to see those involved in last Thursday's violent Dublin riots "shot in the head".

At this Monday's full meeting of Limerick City and County Council (LCCC), council members condemned the shocking scenes in the capital last Thursday (November 23) after a knife attack on three children and their care assistant outside a school in Dublin's inner city.

Fine Gael councillor Adam Teskey said that as chairman of LCCC's Joint Policing Committee (JPC), he felt it necessary and appropriate to condemn the "thuggery".

Comment: Back in June Councillor Azad Talukder 'made history' by becoming the first-ever Muslim to be elected as Cathaoirleach of Limerick Metropolitan Council. Talukder probably isn't considering the optics of making such inflammatory comments in the current times.

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Devternity Developer Conference invented fake female attendees to bolster diversity cred

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Devternity, an online developer conference, is facing accusations that it invented several female speakers.
In 2023, it's a good look for a business to have an equitable distribution of male and female employees. Women are, after all, half of the population.

However, this understandable instinct to achieve a more balanced gender representation has apparently led one developer conference to fabricate speakers to bolster their diversity bonafides.

Devternity: Women speakers who did not exist

Dev.events, the organizer of the Devternity developer conference, is one such business. According to an investigation by Gergely Orosz , a writer for the Pragmatic Engineer, Devternity and Dev.events have invented at least two fake female speakers for their events this year. Although, there is evidence that it has been inventing fake women for its events since 2021.

At the time of writing, Devternity's website was down, and the company was not responding to CCN's requests for comments.

Comment: This is the stranglehold that DEI has on just one industry. It's equally bad in others, and worst of all, poisoning in the education system preparing students for the workforce


Victor Davis Hanson warns America: 'Brace yourself for what's coming in 2024'

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Professor Victor Davis Hanson
Conservative historian and professor Victor Davis Hanson has released a new video and it is basically a warning for America.

The essence of Hanson's message is a reminder of how far the left went to stop Trump last time and that people should be prepared for them to do anything this time.

It's an ominous warning but it's important to think ahead and be mentally prepared for anything, because that's what is on the table.

Real Clear Politics provides a transcript:

Comment: This circus is just getting started.


261 North Georgia congregations leave the United Methodist Church

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Special session of UMC North Georgia Conference
Fifty-seven area churches will leave the United Methodist Church at the end of this month. They're among 265 congregations in North Georgia and metro Atlanta that voted to disaffiliate from the denomination largely due to a split over LGBTQ issues.

Members of the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church ratified the disaffiliation requests of 261 of those churches on Nov. 18 during a special called session at the Classic Center in Athens.

"I realize how sad this time is for many, including myself. I just hate that those who are leaving us, I will not have the opportunity to meet or to be with," said conference leader Bishop Robin Dease.

Conference members did not ratify the requests of four congregations following discussion by members of the Annual Conference. Those churches are The Fountain UMC at Sugarloaf in Duluth, McEachern Memorial UMC in Powder Springs, Trinity UMC in Rome, and Griffin First UMC.

A 'solemn day'

The 261 churches that are leaving the conference account for a sizable percentage of its nearly 700 churches. Their exit marked a "solemn day," church leaders said in a news release.

The disaffiliations become effective on Nov. 30. After that, the departing churches may no longer use the "United Methodist" name nor the denomination's logo. They will have 30 days to fulfill their financial obligations to the UMC, including purchasing church property if their congregation chooses to keep it. And they're prohibited from pursuing further litigation against the conference.

Hundreds of congregations in Georgia and across the country sued for the right to have their disaffiliation requests heard.

The church disaffiliations in North Georgia come after 193 congregations once belonging to the UMC South Georgia Conference left the denomination in May, also due to the ongoing debate over LGBTQ issues.

Comment: Fragmentation: A sign of the times.


Eat less meat: The UN's Net Zero plan for agriculture at COP28 in Dubai

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Comment: From Patrick Wood's Technocracy News and Trends:
Crickets, mealworms, and cockroaches are more sustainable than cattle, pigs, and sheep. The UN claims that one-third of all global "greenhouse emissions" come from agriculture, mostly from livestock and most of that from cattle. In December 2023, The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will officially present the first Agriculture Roadmap for Net Zero By 2050. Of course, this will mean "shifting diets to reduce global production of livestock-based protein."

This attack on food could cull the human population by billions. The remainder will "eat ze bugs."

The world's most-developed nations will be told to curb their excessive appetite for meat as part of the first comprehensive plan to bring the global agrifood industry into line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

The global food systems' road map to 1.5C is expected to be published by the United Nations' Food & Agriculture Organization during the COP28 summit next month. Nations that over-consume meat will be advised to limit their intake, while developing countries — where under-consumption of meat adds to a prevalent nutrition challenge — will need to improve their livestock farming, according to the FAO.

Comment: Somehow we don't think the FAO is all that concerned about improving livestock farming in developing countries. But lessening access to one of the most nutrient-rich sources of food available to first-world countries, yes.


BLM leader endorses Trump for president

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Donald Trump broadened his coalition of support this month, earning the endorsement of a Black Lives Matter leader.

Mark Fisher, who co-founded BLM Rhode Island, expressed his support for the former president, arguing that the Democrats could no longer be trusted to have the black community's interests at heart.

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Ardent Health Services hit with ransomware attack, forcing hospitals in multiple states to divert ambulances

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The fallout from the Ardent hack demonstrates how cyber attacks that target large hospital operators can have far-reaching impacts for hospitals across the country.
Hospitals in multiple states have been forced to divert ambulances and reschedule some elective patient procedures after U.S. hospital owner Ardent Health Services was hit with a ransomware attack.

On Thanksgiving, Nashville-based Ardent Health Services became aware of an information technology cybersecurity incident, which has since been determined to be a ransomware attack, the company wrote in a statement posted to its website.

"The Ardent technology team immediately began working to understand the event, safeguard data and regain functionality. As a result, Ardent proactively took its network offline, suspending all user access to its information technology applications, including corporate servers, Epic software, internet and clinical programs," the company wrote.

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AOC's right, NYC is unaffordable — thanks to her and her fellow Dems

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes working-class New Yorkers are leaving the Big Apple because it’s too expensive.
For once, AOC is right: "They can't afford to live here anymore," she said Monday of working-class Gothamites.

The thing is, it's the policies that she and her progressive allies want more of that have made the city so expensive.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who represents parts of the Bronx and Queens, is, after all, a Democratic Socialist.

Look at what occasioned the digital town hall where she spoke: recently announced cuts across city agencies.

Why are these needed?

To pay for the migrants AOC and her ilk demand we admit in infinite numbers, and house and feed forever at a cost of more than $12 billion through fiscal 2025 (and that's a conservative estimate).

What about housing? A recent survey shows a third of New Yorkers are paying over half their income for rent.


The biggest takeaways from Tucker on UFOs

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Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson released an episode Tuesday focused on the government's investigations into unidentified flying objects ... and it was one for the history books.

This was Carlson's 42nd episode since launching his own show, and he held nothing back. Aliens are real, we know their tech is not of human origin, so why is the government hiding the truth from us? Especially when we already know and have accepted that we're not alone in the universe?

To answer these questions, Carlson turned to Tennessee Republican Rep. Tim Burchett, who confirmed the "coordinated effort" to hide UFO information from the public for at least the last 80 years, possibly more. But what else did we learn from this highly insightful conversation on one of the weirdest aspects of our current reality?

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